About OSP

What Is a Sponsored Program? A sponsored program is a project that is funded by an external agency (an agency outside of GVSU). Most sponsored programs are awarded to the University on behalf of individual faculty members or Principal Investigators. The Office of Sponsored Programs submits proposals, accepts awards, and assists with the administration of the awards on behalf of the University.

Our Mission: The Office of Sponsored Programs serves as the University's central office that supports faculty and staff in the identification, development, submission, and administration of externally sponsored agreements for scholarly research and creative activity.

Our Vision: The Office of Sponsored Programs will be seen as a highly professional, responsive, and service-oriented organization that has an essential role in successfully advancing and supporting the University's mission and vision.

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Kim Squiers

Director, Office of Sponsored Programs 
049 James H. Zumberge Hall
(616) 331-6868 
[email protected]


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Sara Ledford, JD

Grants and Contracts Specialist
049 James H. Zumberge Hall 
(616) 331-6898
[email protected]


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Michele Quick, MBA

Grants and Contracts Specialist
049 James H. Zumberge Hall
(616) 331-9438
[email protected] 

Michele joined the OSP in March of 2020. She came to GVSU from The Reformed Church in America (RCA) where she held a dual position for just over three years supporting the development team as the Operations Manager/Prospect Research Specialist, coordinating all direct mail fundraising appeals and prospecting for new donors. This was a new facet of the fundraising field for Michele after spending over nine years in positions at Spectrum Health and the Van Andel Research Institute in the grants and contracts world. She is very happy to be at GVSU working in sponsored research again! Michele is a native Michigander, born and raised in Grand Rapids. She earned her bachelor degree in business and an MBA at Cornerstone University.  Michele and her husband are new “empty nesters” which gives her time to pursue her first passion which is writing fiction. She is hoping to have the time to finish several writing projects that have been in the works for a while now!


Melissa Wright

Melissa Wright, CRA

Grants and Contracts Specialist
049 James H. Zumberge Hall 
(616) 331-9452

[email protected]

Melissa has served the GVSU community for more than 21 years. Before joining the Office of Sponsored Programs in 2014, she was the Marketing and Logistics Coordinator for the GVSU Autism Education Center. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Ferris State University. She grew up in Ionia, Michigan, and now lives in Jenison with her husband, James.




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